What really got my attention in this speech, though, was Bro. King's closing remarks. Sadly, his words ring very, very true. He said:
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Brethren, I would like all of you to stand now I would like you to turn to the Brother beside you and grasp his hand with the Grip of a Mason.
Now I want you to ask yourself how many Masons would you trust with your life savings, your home, your family's well-being, and even your life, on that Grip.
If you are honest, the answers will be "not many" or "very few" or even "I can count on one hand the number that I would trust." Why even some of you, will say to yourself "not one."
Well, my Brethren, it never used to be like this. What a shame that Freemasonry has sunk so low. It is up to each and every one of you to help bring Freemasonry back to her former glory. Thank you and God Bless.